1331 Silver Lake Road,  Dayton, Virginia 22821

Silver Lake Bed and Breakfast

Directions From I-81 North, take JMU exit 247 west toward downtown Harrisonburg.  Drive through downtown, and pass through Court Square to stay on 33 West.   Take 33 West3.5 miles and turn left onto Silver Lake Road. The house will be 1.5 miles on your left. From I-81 South, take Bridgewater exit 240 toward Bridgewater College. Take the road all the way until you reach VA-42. Turn right onto VA-42.

House History:


Silver Lake Bed and Breakfast is located in the historic Peter Paul House near Dayton, Virginia. The home, listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, is one of few farmhouses in the Shenandoah Valley surviving the Swiss and German settlement of the mid to late 18th century. The house, situated on a 230 acre farm located one mile north of Silver Lake, was built c.1750 by Peter Paul, an English settler. The farm was owned by the Paul family until 1929 when it was sold to David and Mary Swope, grandparents of the current owner. The Swopes gave the farm to their daughter, Sophie Swope Driver, who operated the farm with her husband Wayne Driver. The current owner, Lewis Driver, purchased the farm in 1977 after his father’s death and built a modern dairy (Silver Lake Dairy). The dairy was recently closed, and the house was beautifully renovated and converted to a Bed and Breakfast. The renovation highlights the original architecture, including the German-style log construction and six fireplaces.

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Peter Paul and John Paul signatures on the original house in the 1750’s

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(540) 879-2717

“What a breakfast!  I’ll be back just for the food” Patty


About the Innkeepers:


Ryan and Katie started innkeeping in 2012 at a different bed and breakfast in the area. After innkeeping there for a few years, they moved to South Africa, but are now back in the valley and love managing Silver Lake Bed and Breakfast.  Ryan is originally from the Midwest, but relocated to the area in 2004, and Katie was born and raised in Harrisonburg. Having lived in the area for a long time, attending local universities (Ryan graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and Katie graduated from James Madison University), and participating in all of the activities the valley has to offer, they can answer any question you have during your stay about how to make the most of your time.